It’s official: Arsenio Hall is returning to television, partnering with CBS Television Distribution for a late-night talk show.
“We’re excited to welcome Arsenio back to the family and partnering on his new, late-night syndicated talk show,” CBSTVD president John Nogawski said in announcing the news Monday. “Arsenio had a substantial following with his previous late-night show, and that same 18-34 audience is now right in the middle of the late-night core audience of 35-54. Years ago, he transcended time periods and attracted a crossover audience while bringing a fresh perspective to late night. That same need in the market exists today as when we originally launched. We are looking forward to the same success with Arsenio’s seasoned expertise and appeal in this genre.”
Hall’s new Monday-Friday entry will bow in fall 2013, with CBSTVD partnering with Tribune broadcasting stations for the show, which already has been sold in the top 10 markets and 17 of the top 20 — covering 52 percent of the country. With Tribune aboard, the strip will launch on 17 stations including WPIX New York and KTLA Los Angeles at 11 p.m. and WGN Chicago at 10 p.m.